Drysdale, Zegras each scores first NHL goal, Ducks defeat Coyotes in OT


ANAHEIM — Jamie Drysdale and Trevor Zegras each scored their first NHL goal for the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Thursday.

Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal 47 seconds into OT, Rickard Rakell had two assists, and Ryan Miller made 23 saves for the Ducks (9-16-6), who ended a four-game losing streak. Drysdale also had an assist in his first NHL game.

“It was pretty awesome,” Drysdale said. “I don’t think you can ask for a better way to start it off.”

Video: ARI@ANA: Drysdale, Getzlaf hit milestones in 2nd

Drysdale is the third defenseman in NHL history to have a multipoint game in his NHL debut at age 18 or younger in the regular season, joining Ray Bourque (18, 1979-80) and Petr Svoboda (18, 1984-85).

Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and Adin Hill made 28 saves for the Coyotes (12-13-5), who scored on their first two shots after combining for two goals in their previous four games (0-3-1). They will play again here on Saturday.

“Really frustrating,” Garland said. “It stinks, but we’ve got to find a way to get a third goal there.”

The Ducks went on a power play with 26 seconds left in the third period after Tyler Pitlick was called for interference on Max Jones.

Anaheim started the overtime with a 4-on-3, and Henrique scored on a one-timer off a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk for the game-winner.

Henrique has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 11 games since he was put on waivers by the Ducks on Feb. 21 and went unclaimed.

Zegras, the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, received a pass from Troy Terry in front of the crease and faked out Hill before flipping the puck high in the net to tie the score 2-2 at 14:30 of the second period of his 11th NHL game.

“To see one just go into the net, actually, what are we [11] games in here, was a bit of a relief,” Zegras said. “It was a pretty exciting moment.”

Video: ARI@ANA: Zegras uses a filthy move for first NHL goal

Drysdale, the No. 6 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, scored on a point shot to make it 2-1 at 12:01 of the first period.

“You can’t take your foot off the pedal at all,” Arizona forward John Hayden said.  

The first Anaheim goal was initially credited to Jones on a deflection, but later changed to Drysdale, giving Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf the 700th assist of his NHL career.

“I was joking with [Zegras] on the way here, just saying, ‘You know, if I don’t fall on my solo lap, then it’s a win,’ so it was a lot of fun to get that [goal] under my belt,” Drysdale said. “Coming out with the win on top of it made it that much better.”

Arizona scored its first goal after Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler tried to backhand the puck up the wall from behind the Anaheim net, but Nick Schmaltz stopped the puck and centered it toward Garland.

Ducks defenseman Jani Hakanpaa was in position to intercept the pass, but the puck bounced off his blade to Garland, who scored on a one-timer for a 1-0 lead at 1:13 of the first period.

Hakanpaa knocked the puck away from Schmaltz as he brought it down the left side, but it went to Garland behind the Anaheim net. He sent a pass out front to Clayton Keller, who scored on the one-timer for a 2-0 lead at 7:07.

“It’s been a while since we scored a power-play goal (0-for-17 past five games),” Garland said. “It’s been a while since we had over three goals, so we’ve got to start scoring some goals here.”  

Video: ARI@ANA: Keller finishes Garland’s pass for 2-0 lead

Miller made 21 straight saves, keeping Arizona scoreless in the second period and into the third, when the Ducks had been outscored 11-0 in the previous four games.

“We got down early and I thought we showed a lot of determination and we were playing a good brand of hockey tonight,” Miller said. “We were above the puck and we had a lot of zone time, a lot of control of the puck.”

NOTES: Drysdale, at 18 years, 344 days, is the youngest Ducks player to score a goal in his NHL debut since Chad Kilger (18 years, 316 days) scored at Winnipeg on Oct. 9, 1995. … Drysdale and Zegras scored 2:29 apart, making them the youngest set of teammates in NHL history to each score their first NHL goal less than 2:30 apart. … Drysdale’s goal is the fourth time in NHL history an 18-year-old scored a goal in his NHL debut (Bourque, Oct. 11, 1979; Scott Stevens, Oct. 6, 1982; Jason Doig, Oct. 7, 1995). … Drysdale is Anaheim’s first first-round pick to play in the NHL in the same year he was drafted since Cam Fowler in 2010. … Miller won his 390th NHL game, passing Dominik Hasek for 14th place all-time. He is 390-285-86 with one tie in 790 NHL games in 18 seasons with Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Ducks. … Getzlaf has 977 points (277 goals, 700 assists) in 1,082 games in 16 seasons with the Ducks. He is the fourth active player with 700 assists (Joe Thornton, 1,098; Sidney Crosby 819; Nicklas Backstrom, 705).

Video: Henrique, Zegras and Drysdale power Ducks’ OT win

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